Chemical peeling in ethnic skin: An update

A. Salam, O. E. Dadzie, Hassan Galadari

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Abstract

With the growth of cosmetic dermatology worldwide, treatments that are effective against skin diseases and augment beauty without prolonged recovery periods, or exposing patients to the risks of surgery, are increasing in popularity. Chemical peels are a commonly used, fast, safe and effective clinic room treatment that may be used for cosmetic purposes, such as for fine lines and photoageing,but also as primary or adjunct therapies for acne, pigmentary disorders and scarring. Clinicians are faced with specific challenges when using peels on ethnic skin (skin of colour). The higher risk of postinflammatory dyschromias and abnormal scarring makes peels potentially disfiguring. Clinicians should therefore have a sound knowledge of the various peels available and their safety in ethnic skin. This article aims to review the background, classification, various preparations, indications, patient assessment and complications of using chemical peels in ethnic skin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-90
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Volume169
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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